Submit a Licensed Practical Nurse Licensure by Examination Application and fee (cashier's check or money order.) The fee is non-refundable. The application packet may be downloaded here: Exam application packet for foreign educated LPN by exam applicants .
Provide evidence that you have not engaged in conduct warranting disciplinary action (If you answer yes to any questions in the Grounds for Denial section, the Board will investigate prior to licensure.)
Submit Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Professional Report. Request CGFNS to send the credentials report to the Board. Forms are available on the CGFNS website.
Pass an approved English proficiency test:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (score of 220 on the computerized TOEFL or 560 on the written TOEFL or score 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26 on the TOEFL iBT) - unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country. (Request the Education Testing Service to send the TOEFL report to the Board using the Minnesota TOEFL code of 9416.)
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
1.877.863.3546 (inside the United States, US territories and Canada)
1.609.771.7100 (outside the United States, US territories and Canada)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 all modules) - unless you graduated from a nursing education program conducted in English and located in an English-speaking country. (Request the International English Language Testing System to send the Test Report Form to the Board.)
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The Minnesota Board of Nursing application fee is non-refundable. You may want to complete the Credentials Evaluation Service with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools before applying for licensure with the Board of Nursing. If the Board has not received the Credentials Evaluation Services Report from CGFNS and a report of a passing score on the TOEFL from ETS within one year of your application, the application will be nullified, and you must apply for licensure and submit a new fee.
Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) and pay the required fee. You can download the NCLEX Candidate Bulletin containing instructions for completing the NCLEX EXAMINATION REGISTRATION FORM here: NCLEX EXAMINATION CANDIDATE BULLETIN
Register on the web at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex
Register by phone by calling NCLEX Candidate Services at 1.866.496.2539
Register by mail using the EXAMINATION REGISTRATION FORM in the envelope inside the EXAMINATION CANDIDATE BULLETIN. Call the Board of Nursing at 612-617-2270 to receive the EXAMINATION CANDIDATE BULLETIN.
Send notification to the Board office as soon as possible if any change occurs in your name, address, or other application information after you submit the application. Submit legal proof of change, in name, such as a copy of a marriage certificate or court order.
Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by mail or e-mail if you provided an e-mail address. You must take the ATT with you to the test center.
Schedule the examination at one of the testing centers after you receive an authorization to test (ATT) from the test service. The ATT is valid for 90 days. If you do not take the examination within one year of receipt of your application, your application with the Board, will be nullified. If you do not take the examination within 90 days of receipt of your ATT, your registration with Pearson Vue will no longer be valid.
Watch for your license the Board will send to you approximately 10 business days after you take the examination. If you do not pass the examination, you will receive a REQUEST TO RETAKE EXAMINATION packet and a diagnostic profile which helps you understand your performance on the NCLEX examination.
REQUEST FOR SPECIAL TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS
Indicate your request for special testing accommodations for the NCLEX by completing Section D on the Application for Licensure.
Submit supporting documentation regarding your request for testing accommodations due to a disability. At a minimum the documentation must include:
a letter from an appropriate professional confirming the disability and providing information as to what accommodations are appropriate; and
a letter from your nursing education program indicating what modifications, if any, were granted by the program.
List the specific accommodations you are requesting. Examples of modifications include:
extra time (state specific amount of extra time you are requesting.)
Call NCLEX Candidate Services at the telephone number listed in the ATT letter when you are approved for testing with special accommodations and have received your ATT.
USE THE WEB TO CHECK PROGRESS OF YOUR APPLICATION
Access the Board of Nursing website at mn.gov/health-licensing-boards/nursing/
Click on "Online Services"
Establish a user profile by clicking on the new user link and follow the directions.
Next, log in using your name and password.
A screen will appear that lists your personal information with a box indicating your application status as "open licensure by exam."
Click on "open licensure by exam." Another screen will appear. As you complete each step of the process, the date for each of the following will display:
Registered with test service
Confirmation of program completion
Authorization to Test Issued
Date scheduled to take exam
Watch for the test service to send your authorization to test (ATT) by mail or via e-mail if you provided an e-mail address. You must take the ATT with you to the test center. The ATT is valid for 90 days.
Check your examination results:
On the Board of Nursing website. There is no fee for viewing the results on the web. The Board does not provide results over the phone.
On the Pearson Vue website at www.pearsonvue.com/nclex . There is a fee for the results on line service.
By phone. Pearson Vue provides the phone number with your authorization to test (ATT). There is a fee for the results by phone service.
• Exam application packet for foreign educated LPN by exam applicants
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